At QB in 2017: Would you rather have WSU or USC? Veteran Pac-12 scribe Jon Wilner gives nod to Luke Falk and Cougs

WHO YA GOT at quarterback, Luke Falk or Sam Darnold? Tyler Hilinski or Jalen Greene? Washington State or USC? If you’re veteran Pac-12 scribe Jon Wilner of the Mercury News, you’re going with the Cougs.

Wilner ranks Wazzu’s QB starter/backups combination No. 2 in the Pac-12, behind UW and ahead of USC.

2. Washington State
Comment: The state of the Cougars’ quarterback depth took shape when Luke Falk opted to return for his senior season, ensuring that WSU would have one of the most accomplished passers in the country. The situation behind Falk isn’t nearly as dire as you might think: Tyler Hilinski made several appearances last season (30 attempts) and is the reason the Cougars are slotted ahead of USC. If Falk vs. Darnold is essentially a push, Hilinski vs. Greene/Sears is a significant edge to WSU.

Darnold, who started the final 10 games of his second-year freshman season, will see lots of hype this offseason -- similar to what UCLA’s Josh Rosen saw last year. Speaking of Rosen, Wilner rates UCLA’s QB comfort level No. 5 in the Pac-12 due to uncertainty surrounding Rosen’s shoulder and the lack of proven depth behind him.

Meanwhile, Falk was among the nation’s passing leaders in multiple categories in 2016, completing 70 percent of his throws this past season for 4,468 yards with 38 TDs.

Here’s how Wilner ranks the Pac-12 QB stables for 2017:

1. UW
2. Washington State
3. USC
4. Oregon
6. Stanford
7. Oregon State
8. Utah
9. Colorado
10. Arizona
11. ASU
12. Cal

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